About Us

We are organisations and individuals with strategic interests in participatory arts, including community arts, socially engaged arts, voluntary arts, and arts in education and learning. We come together as ArtWorks Alliance to help participatory arts in the UK become better.

We Work With

  • Arts organisations and artists with participatory practices
  • Higher and further education, trainers
  • Researchers, policy-makers
  • Organisations in social and criminal justice, education, health
  • Anyone influencing or influenced by participatory arts

Our Mission

Better participatory arts

Our Knowledge Bank

A wealth of research, case studies and evaluations making the case authoritatively for participatory arts and artists. All available for free.

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We are a powerful force in the development of participatory arts. Join in and you can also influence the shape of participatory arts in the UK.

About Us

We are a network of organisations and individuals with a passion for participatory arts and an understanding that working together to strengthen support for those working in the field will bring benefits for everyone involved.

Coming together as ArtWorks Alliance enables us to do more – more swiftly – to develop participatory arts than we can each achieve on our own. We can support better both the organisations delivering participatory arts and the artists working in the field, leading to higher quality experiences for participants.

Our work is ambitious and far-sighted. Find out more about us here and explore the different ways you can join in

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We’ve been supported by…

ArtWorks Alliance was initiated with funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Sound Sense is currently supported by Arts Council England to maintain and develop the network.

ArtWorks: Developing practice in participatory settings was originally developed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Our Knowledge Bank

ArtWorks Alliance has created a huge library of research materials, reports and other resources. These all feature in our Knowledge Bank which is fully searchable and being added to all the time – and its free to everyone to use.

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Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art: The British Community Arts Movement

The story of the UK community arts movement.

Author: edited by Alison Jeffers and Gerri Moriarty

A Restless Art

A book about participatory art and its more radical predecessor, community art.

Author: François Matarasso

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Delivering Participatory Theatre During Social Distancing: What’s Working?

How participatory theatre is responding to COVID-19 and adopting different models of socially distanced practice.

Author: Collective Encounters

Proof of the Pudding

Participatory arts evidence toolkit for artists

Author: People Dancing and ArtWorks Alliance

Featured Resources

Latest Resources

All Resources

Case Studies

Evaluations & Reports

Featured

Latest

Research

Toolkits & Guidance

Videos

Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art: The British Community Arts Movement

The story of the UK community arts movement.

Author: edited by Alison Jeffers and Gerri Moriarty

A Restless Art

A book about participatory art and its more radical predecessor, community art.

Author: François Matarasso

All Resources

Case Studies

Evaluations & Reports

Featured

Latest

Research

Toolkits & Guidance

Videos

Delivering Participatory Theatre During Social Distancing: What’s Working?

How participatory theatre is responding to COVID-19 and adopting different models of socially distanced practice.

Author: Collective Encounters

Proof of the Pudding

Participatory arts evidence toolkit for artists

Author: People Dancing and ArtWorks Alliance

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Shall we create then?

Shall we create then?

Adrian Sinclair, from the AWA Advocacy Action Group, takes up the What next? question following last month’s blog from Gerri Moriarty of ArtsChain, to explore how we can organise and advocate for participatory arts.

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Building the future for and through participatory arts

Building the future for and through participatory arts

AWA member Gerri Moriarty sets out the research ArtsChain carried out over the summer, in order to better understand the current needs of the participatory arts sector, and the three proposals made to Arts Council England with their initial reflections.

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Being human – the art of relevance

Being human – the art of relevance

Kim Wide describes how Take a Part responded to the rapid changes that happened when Covid-19 hit and what they did to support local communities, already living precarious and stressful lives.

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